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Old 09-08-2003, 07:08 AM   #1
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Question T6 question

I have no clue as to what the thryoid measurements are or mean. All along my doctor has been telling me that my thyroid tests are normal. When I told him that I feel that some of my symptoms are thyroid related and questioned how my results could be normal, he opened my file and said "well. . .your T6 is a bit on the high side". He explained that NORMAL was 54-184 and I was at 183. Is 183 high enough for me to have symptoms of a thryoid that is not functioning properly?

By shear coincidence they discovered a 3X4 mass on my left lobe that will be removed on October 14th. Over the past year I have gained 40 lbs, have no tolerance to heat anymore, have had horrible periods, and have felt generally yucky. I attributed all of it to the weight gain and that I must just be eating more, which is still probably a good reason

Just wondering if a reading of 183 is considered still in the normal range?

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Old 09-08-2003, 10:11 AM   #2
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To be honest with you, I have never heard of a T6 test. Get a copy of the lab results and see for yourself what it says. You may have misunderstood what the doctor said, or maybe your doctor said the wrong number by accident. When you get the results, if you would like you can post them here and we can all look at them to help you decipher them.

Old 09-08-2003, 08:28 PM   #3
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Boy, I really don't have the lingo down do I? I don't know where I got "T6". It was T3 that he showed me. And said that mine was 183 when the top of the normal range was suppossed to be 184.

Old 09-08-2003, 10:56 PM   #4
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Total T3 doesn't reflect anything in relation to your health. You want a FREE T3 test, which shows the actual amount of T3 thyroid hormone available for your body to use, and not the Total T3 test, which is useless.

Get FT3, FT4, and TSH tests, and if this doctor won't go along, find another one who will.

Old 09-09-2003, 06:30 AM   #5
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Thanks. What he showed me just said T3 and the number 183. I guess it IS time to search out another doctor. Not just for this reason. . .

Thanks again for your help

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